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The Beckoning Silence

(2002)
A non fiction book by

 
 
Joe Simpson has experienced a life filled with adventure but marred by death. He has endured the painful attrition of climbing friends in accidents, calling into question the perilously exhilarating activity to which he has devoted his life. Probability is inexorably closing in. The tragic loss of a close friend forces a momentous decision upon him. It is time to turn his back on the mountains that he has loved. Never more alive than when most at risk, he has come to see a last climb on the hooded, mile-high North Face of the Eiger as the cathartic finale.

In a narrative which takes the reader through extreme experiences, from an avalanche in Bolivia, ice-climbing in the Alps and Colorado and paragliding in Spain - before his final confrontation with the Eiger - Simpson reveals the inner truth of climbing, exploring both the power of the mind and the frailties of the body. The subject of his new book is the siren song of fear and his struggle to come to terms with it.



Used availability for Joe Simpson's The Beckoning Silence

Hardback Editions

January 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Beckoning Silence
Author(s): Joe Simpson
ISBN: 0-224-06180-1 / 978-0-224-06180-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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January 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Beckoning Silence
Author(s): Joe Simpson
ISBN: 0-224-06877-6 / 978-0-224-06877-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random
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Paperback Editions

March 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Beckoning Silence
Author(s): Joe Simpson
ISBN: 0-89886-941-2 / 978-0-89886-941-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
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January 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Beckoning Silence
Author(s): Joe Simpson
ISBN: 0-09-942243-3 / 978-0-09-942243-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Beckoning Silence
Author(s): Joe Simpson
Publisher: DirectAuthors.com
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